Bayelsa residents block Reps Committee members from Agip spill site

of Biseni clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Thursday blocked members of the House of Representative Ad-Hoc Committee on Oil Spills and Remediation from performing their functions.

The people barricaded the access road to the oilfield operated Nigeria Agip Oil Company where members of the committee carrying out their oversight functions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the development compelled the committee members, led by Rep. Amiru Tukur, to abort the visit to the spill site as all entreaties to placate the protesters failed.

The ruler of Biseni , Chief King Akani, and other protesters stressed that until their demands, which include the provision of jobs and basic social amenities are met, they would maintain the blockade.

Also, Mr Warder Benjamin, of Okordia Central Youth Council, however, berated the attitude of the of the oilfields and delay in remediation of the environment.

Benjamin appealed to the National Assembly members to ensure that companies took responsibility for their failures.

He said that it took the Nigeria Agip Oil Company more than one year to commence remediation of the polluted site, a development that adversely impacted on the environment.

However, the committee which had visited some sites in nearby Kalaba community, turned back as they denied access to the oil company facility in Biseni area angry protesters

NAN also reports that the protesters, up of women and youths, decried the high level of neglect meted to them over the years Federal and State Governments and oil companies operating in their domain.T

The Tukur led ad-hoc committee on Tuesday visited . Douye to intimate him of their mission to visit spill impacted communities for a first hand assessment. (NAN)